Serena’ takes inspiration from minimalist architect Ricardo Bofill’s iconic project, The Factory. In the 1970s, Bofill transformed a disused, partly ruinous cement factory into the headquarters of Taller de Arquitectura and a family home. The project combined Abstractionism, Brutalism and Surrealism in an enduring example of the creative potential of architecture. Visitors to The Factory today will encounter original industrial features, surreal elaborations such as staircases that go nowhere and an extensive garden project that has enabled nature to partly reclaim the space. What marries together these at times antithetical energies is Bofill’s use of light, which plays a powerful and profound role throughout The Factory.
Tarazi’s ‘Serena’ took inspiration from arches in The Factory, an architectural echo that also finds resonance in traditional Lebanese design. Her light-fitting makes use of repeated panels – some inverted, others at different heights – that create a balance and harmony through the interplay of form. Made from coloured wood, Tarazi’s ‘Serena’ imbues its surroundings in a warm glow and communicates a sense of serenity.